TODAY’S smoke haze forced the diversion of ambulances from the emergency department at St John of God Midland.
They were diverted to nearest hospitals Royal Perth and Princess Margaret between 10am and 12.30pm.
The Midland hospital’s chief executive Glen Power said the smoke from the prescribed burn-offs had affected some staff and patients.
The staff were treated and sent home when ok.
Mostly the smoke had exacerbated existing conditions.
“Due to recent controlled burning in the hills region, residual smoke has settled around St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals and the Midland area,” Dr Power said.
“This has been an intermittent issue for the past several days, with mornings and evenings more smoke affected than at other times.
“The residual smoke today was significantly worse than previous days and a small number of patients and employees were affected.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and taking all precautionary measures.
“The Emergency Department was put on ambulance bypass for a few hours in the morning as a precaution.
“All hospital services and areas are operating as normal.”